Yesterday we visited the Kenroku-en garden. One of Japan's great gardens. Established in the 17th Centure it was opened to the public in 1874 following the break up of the old feudal system. Kenroku-en means the garden of 6 qualities- spaciousness, seclusion, air of antiquity, ingenuity, flowing water and views. It looks wild but on closer inspection it is manicured to the nth degree. On the edge of a lake is a two legged stone later called " Kotoji" because it's shaped like the bridge of a string instrument called a '"Koto". Really hot and humid walked for about 5 hours. The walk to a Samurai house was a killer.